WATCH: 35 years after ‘A Nation at Risk,’ the inside story of the 36 pages that changed American education
The Reagan Institute’s Summit on Education, which opened Thursday in Washington, D.C., commemorates the 35th anniversary of the release of “A Nation at Risk.” The 74 is publishing a special series of articles, essays, and retrospectives about the release and the aftermath of the famous education report. See the full series here. This 10-minute video tells the...
By Jim Fields and Emmeline Zhao | April 12, 2018
LA families will have more school quality information than ever before in new interactive tool that rates schools
*Updated April 12 Driven by mounting urgency to improve struggling schools and widespread dissatisfaction with California’s school evaluation tool, LA Unified board members voted Tuesday to create an assessment framework that will allow parents to more easily compare schools as well as select the measures by which to evaluate them. The key difference from the California...
By Laura Greanias | April 12, 2018
LA parent voice: When you know your autistic son can thrive in a regular school setting — and you’re proved right!
Every week, we sit down with Los Angeles parents to talk about their students, their schools, and what questions or suggestions they have for their school district. (See our previous interviews.) Sylvia Lopez’s oldest son was diagnosed with autism at an early age. James was in special education classes from preschool through middle school. But when he...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | April 10, 2018
Antonucci: Where will the effects of a Janus ruling fall fastest and hardest?
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Within the next 12 weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue a ruling in the case of Janus v. AFSCME. Considering the ideological composition of the court, it is widely assumed that the justices will end the practice of public employee unions collecting representation fees from non-members....
By Mike Antonucci | April 10, 2018
California makes some gains in reading, but NAEP scores remain flat amid signs of a widening gap between highest and lowest performers
Test scores released Tuesday for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) continued a decade-long trend of stasis, with small improvements measured only for performance in eighth-grade reading. While states with disparate academic approaches have made some strides over the past few years — notably Florida and California — national averages have varied only slightly, despite...
By Kevin Mahnken | April 10, 2018
The path to Excelencia: One school leader’s mission to show English language learners can succeed
*Updated April 11 Ruben Alonzo’s English learners in his Texas classroom were thriving. He believed in their potential the same way a teacher had once believed in him — a third-generation migrant worker who went on to MIT, Harvard, and Columbia University. His students were two miles from the Mexican border in Rio Grande, at...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | April 9, 2018